After moving from Los Angeles back to my home town of Dahlonega, I was ready for a change of pace. My life was hectic and stressful. Moving back to Dahlonega was the beginning of the journey to live the life I always wanted. A life where I taught Yoga and got to be creative everyday. I have always wanted to have my own Yoga studio but just kept putting it off as a “dream” that might come true.
After about six months of living in North Georgia I realized there was a desire and a need for Yoga in our community. I opened my first studio in May 2012 and it was a dream come true! I named it Mindy Yoga and had 350 square feet of clean open space right in downtown Dahlonega. After six months in this small studio it was obvious that we needed more space. So, we got a little more space, word spread, and then after about 6 months we needed even more space and in just two years the North Georgia Yoga Center was born.
I changed the name from Mindy Yoga to North Georgia Yoga Center because I wanted to create a space that allows for all types of Yoga to be studied, not just the Mindy type:) I wanted to create a space that was large enough to meet the Yoga Community’s needs but also small enough to still feel intimate and personal. Yoga is a journey and the mat is just a mirror for the life we live off the mat. North Georgia Yoga Center is here to help you create a practice. It’s here to help you with your journey on the mat and off the mat. Most importantly, the North Georgia Yoga Center is here for YOU.
I truly hope that each time you visit you feel how much I love Yoga and how much I appreciate you and where you are in your journey. I also hope that each time you leave you do so feeling better than when you arrived.
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About Mindy E-RYT 500, RPYT, YACEP
I started practicing Yoga a little over 21 years ago. It was a practice created by the need to learn how to breathe. It was a stressful time in my life. I was beginning to deal with my childhood issues as well as going through a divorce. Due to having General Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder and Complex PTSD, I found Yoga to be a path to calming my mind as well as my body and easing my overall anxious state. It was after making this connection in my daily practice that I began to think about taking a teacher training program. Initially my only thought was to be a better student, not a teacher. However, the more I grew in my own Yoga studies, the more certain I became that I am here to share the many great benefits I experience emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually from practicing Yoga.
Yoga won’t take away the anxiety, the triggers or the pain. Yoga will help you to find a way to understand yourself better, be healthy, be more compassionate and feel and overall since of peacefulness. Personally, I eat, sleep and breathe Yoga. Every single day I am blessed to live the life I choose to live on my mat and off the mat. Each breath is a reminder: “ When you inhale, you are taking strength from God. When you exhale, it represents the service you are giving to the world.” -B.K.S. Iyengar